Used by timothy Hackworth to design steam Locomotives and given to him by another railway pioneer Robert Hawthorn.Timothy Hackworth (1786-1850), a contemporary of George Stephenson, was a steam railway pioneer, who lived in Shildon, County Durham, for most of his working life. He was the first Locomotive Superintendent of the Stockton and Darlington Railway - the world's first steam powered passenger carrying railway. He also gained a reputation as a locomotive designer in his own right and in 1827 designed the Royal George, the first locomotive that was capable of withstanding the rigours of daily service. This ruler was given to Hackworth by Robert Hawthorn, another north eastern railway pioneer, who went on to found his own engineering firm. This is a very simple wooden tool, which was used to design what were for their day complex machines. It also demonstrates the close working relationships between a handful of north eastern engineers, who in the 1820s and 1830s pioneered the development of the modern railway.
Used by timothy Hackworth to design steam Locomotives and given to him by another railway pioneer Robert Hawthorn.